Motownphilly

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"Motownphilly"
Single by Boyz II Men
from the album Cooleyhighharmony
Released May 24, 1991
Recorded January - February 1991
Genre New jack swing
Length 3:56
Label Motown
Writer(s) Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
Producer(s) Dallas Austin
Boyz II Men singles chronology
"Motownphilly"
(1991)
"It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
(1991)

"Motownphilly" is Boyz II Men's 1991 debut single for their debut album Cooleyhighharmony. The single was a success peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Michael Bivins, who co-wrote the song, provides a guest rap on the song. The group gives credit in the lyric "Boyz II Men, ABC, BBD."

The video for the song was filmed in various locations in Philadelphia, the group's home city in December 1990. It also features two new jack swing groups name-dropped in the first verse, Another Bad Creation and Bell Biv DeVoe, (in the lyric "Boyz II Men, ABC, BBD."). Philadelphia native Questlove, later of The Roots, also appears in the video.

The song title etymology involves a combination of two of the groups main musical influences; 1960's Motown and 1970's Philly soul.

Track listing[edit]

US Vinyl, 12" [1]

  • A1 Motownphilly [12" Version] 4:47
  • A2 Motownphilly [LP Version] 3:52
  • B Motownphilly [Instrumental] 5:50

US Maxi-CD [2]

  • 1 Motownphilly [12" Version Edit] 4:47
  • 2 Motownphilly [LP Version] 3:52
  • 3 Motownphilly [Quiet Storm] 4:06
  • 4 Motownphilly [12" A] 5:50
  • 5 Motownphilly [12" Dub] 4:08

UK Vinyl, 7 [3]

  • A Motownphilly [7" Radio Version] 3:50
  • B Motownphilly [Philly Instrumental] 3:50

UK Vinyl, 12" [4]

  • A Motownphilly [12" Extended Club Mix] 5:35
  • B1 Motownphilly [7" Radio Version] 3:50
  • B2 Motownphilly [Philly Instrumental] 3:50
  • B3 Motownphilly [Dub Mix] 4:08

Germany Maxi-CD [5]

  • 1 Motownphilly [12" Version] 5:50
  • 2 Motownphilly [7" Main] 3:20
  • 3 Motownphilly [12" Dub] 4:09
  • 4 Motownphilly [Quiet Storm] 4:06

U.S. chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

External links[edit]